The Integrity of Belgium

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
  • About the artist
    Born in Munich, Walter Richard Sickert was a British artist of mixed Dutch and Danish parentage. He abandoned an acting career in 1881 to briefly enter the Slade School of Art in London, before apprenticing under James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) in 1882. During a visit to Paris in 1883, he was introduced to Edgar Degas who inspired Sickert's practice of using figure and location drawings made ‘on the spot’ to produce finished paintings back in the studio. During the 1890s he chiefly painted portraits in London and townscapes in Dieppe. From 1905 he lived in the Camden Town area and in 1911 established the Camden Town group of artists. In 1934 Sickert moved to Broadstairs in Kent with Thérèse Lessore, his third wife, and then again near Bath in 1938. He received few official honours in his lifetime but a major retrospective of his work was held before his death, with posthumous exhibitions at Tate Britain in 1960, and the Courtauld Gallery, London, in 2007–2008.
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  • Details
    Title
    The Integrity of Belgium
    Date
    1914
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 92.50 cm, width: 71.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Phillips, 5 November 1991
    Inscription
    bl: Sickert. 1914.
    Provenance
    Purchased from the artist by J. L. Rayner; by descent; sold through Phillips, London, on 5 November 1991 (Lot 29); from which sale purchased by the Government Art Collection
    GAC number
    16778